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Fear IS a Choice


Fear grips people with what can best be described as a jolt.  Like a jolt of lightning.  We’ve all been there – you are sitting there at the conference table on Monday morning at the weekly meeting.  As you look around the room waiting for the boss to come in you notice that everyone brought the reports that had been assigned the week before.  The great lingering memories of a great weekend are suddenly erased and you feel that all too familiar tingle of electricity rip through the back of your neck.  Fear has you in its grip.  You’re paralyzed.  

It is fascinating at the psychological level how our mind can be our biggest nemesis and how it tricks us into imagining the very worst in situations.  Being fired, written up, demoralized in front of others are just a few of the thoughts that go racing through our minds.  With practice and a clear mind you must believe that fear is a choice.

Fear is a choice.  It feels good to say it, so one more time.  Fear IS a choice.  You can let your instincts take control and you can run to your happy place or you can ponder your situation and then determine the most rational choice at hand.  I’m not here to tell you those choices because there are all too many and just as many circumstances where fear enters the picture.  But what I am here to remind you is that you can buy into the hysteria that you normally purchase – then burn and crash.  Or you can choose to purchase the all new “Choice” now available in most stores and calmly mull over the best course of action.  It’s hardly as easy as buying a pair of shoes, but with practice of making the right choice life does get better.


Today’s post by Todd Henry at Accidental Creative is coincidentally on a related term to fear – Paranoia.  Like fear, paranoia is another choice and a destructive one at that.   Decide wisely at the next opportunity and you’ll soon discover when you choose to rebuke fear you will be much more able to accomplish much more (and come up with a great excuse that involves water, your 2 year old and crayon at the next Monday meeting). 


(Thanks to Orin Optiglot for the great picture) 


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